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Jan Brewer: I'm Not Running for Re-Election

Arizona governor opts not to challenge state term limits

(Newser) - Jan Brewer made it official: She's not running for re-election as governor of Arizona. She had publicly flirted with challenging state term limits and running again, but dismissed the notion today at a press conference in Glendale, the Arizona Republic reports. "I’m saddened to be leaving this... More »

33 Years Later, Mugabe OKs Term Limits— for Successor

New constitution isn't retroactive, so he could serve another decade

(Newser) - What a mensch: After 33 years in political office, Robert Mugabe has changed Zimbabwe's constitution to impose a limit of two five-year terms on the president. Only, the rule doesn't apply retroactively, so the 89-year-old could still serve another decade as leader, Reuters reports. More »

Clinton: Give Presidents 3rd Term

But not him, he tells Joe Scarborough

(Newser) - Bill Clinton thinks presidents should be able to serve more than two terms—not that he’s thinking of himself or anything. Clinton appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this week to promote his new book, and in a brief exchange that caught Politico ’s eye was asked if... More »

Aging Cuban Leaders Will Consider Term Limits

Government needs fresh blood, says President Raul Castro

(Newser) - Most of Cuba’s political leaders are in their 70s and 80s, and there is no “reserve of well-trained replacements with sufficient experience and maturity,” said President Raul Castro yesterday. As a result, the government will consider implementing term limits, in an effort to bring in new blood.... More »

Guatemala's First Couple Divorcing...

...so wife can dodge constitution and run for Alvaro Colom's seat

(Newser) - Guatemala's first couple appear to be trying to keep power in the family—by splitting up the family. President Alvaro Colom and wife Sandra Torres de Colom have filed for divorce "by mutual consent" to allow her to stand for election this fall to replace him, the Telegraph reports.... More »

New Republicans Talk Up Term Limits

Half say they'll limit terms, support term limit legislation

(Newser) - In the first boost to the term limit movement in years, a host of new Republican lawmakers are promising not to overstay their welcomes. Roughly half of the more than 80 new GOP House members have promised to limit their tenures, as have several new senators, Politico reports; their targets... More »

Nicaragua's Ortega Rewrites Constitution Overnight

To give his buddies more time term in office

(Newser) - What do you do when your country’s pesky constitution won’t let your buddies have another term in office? Why, declare a national holiday, and then rewrite the darn thing while everyone’s vacationing, of course. That’s what Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega did last week, reports the Christian ... More »

In New York, No One Matters But Bloomberg

Political foes gone, power elite diminished, moneyed mayor calls all the shots

(Newser) - Say what you will about Michael Bloomberg—the perfect mayor for New York in a financial crisis or arrogant billionaire who's pretty much bought an unprecedented third term—above all, Chris Smith writes, he is “a one-man Establishment.” A perfect storm of his personal fortune, the vagaries of... More »

Obama Will Try to Rig a Third Term: Limbaugh

Barack, like Honduran prez, just wants to 'rule' for as long as possible

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh says President Obama condemned the military coup against Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in order to “lay a foundation for not being a hypocrite when he tries to serve beyond 2016,” RealClearPolitics reports. The army moved against Zelaya when he tried to eliminate term limits—“basically... More »

Honduran Coup an Opportunity for Obama

President should demonstrate US commitment to democracy: expert

(Newser) - The Honduran military coup overthrowing President Manuel Zelaya offers the Obama administration a chance to rehabilitate the battered reputation of the US in Latin America, Reuters reports. "This is a golden opportunity to make a clear break with the past and show that he is unequivocally siding with democracy”... More »

Honduras Plunges Into Crisis

Leftist prez clashes with army over referendum on term limits

(Newser) - An escalating political crisis in Honduras is threatening to turn violent, the Wall Street Journal reports. President Manuel Zelaya fired the nation's army chief after he refused to allow the military to distribute ballots for a referendum on changing the constitution to let the leftist leader serve a second term.... More »

Chavez Wins Referendum to Stay in Power

(Newser) - Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez won a key referendum today that will keep him in office for as long as he wins elections, Reuters reports. After years of debate, Chavez supporters voted to abolish term limits that would have ended his rule in 2013. The reported margin of victory, 54% to... More »

Chavez Marks Decade in Power

President gives Venezuela today off amid attempts to continue reign

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez declared a national holiday in Venezuela today to celebrate his 10th anniversary as the country’s president, Reuters reports. The festivities come during efforts by Chavez supporters to extend presidential term limits, and amid fears from some quarters that his increased power is evolving into dictatorship. But Chavez... More »

Chavez Seeks Power Until 2021

Launching new constitutional battle on term limits

(Newser) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is again maneuvering to stay in power for at least another decade, the BBC reports. Chavez plans to seek a constitutional change that will allow him to seek re-election indefinitely, he told a weekend rally. Chavez lost a referendum just a year ago on a series... More »

Russia Paves Way for Return of Putin

Parliament extends term of president; early elections could follow

(Newser) - Russia's lower house of parliament approved a change to the constitution that extends the term of the president from four to six years, CNN reports. The move is widely seen as a bureaucratic maneuver that will lead to the return of Vladimir Putin as president. The upper house of parliament... More »

NYC Extends Term Limits: Bloomberg Can Run Again

(Newser) - New York’s City Council voted today to allow a third term for elected officials, paving the way for another Michael Bloomberg administration, the New York Daily News reports. Last-minute wrangling in the chamber, including a failed vote to establish a referendum on the issue, led to the 29-22 victory.... More »

NYC's Elites Want More of the Mayor

Papers, biz leaders on board for another Bloomberg term

(Newser) - New York’s opinion leaders are presenting a united front in favor of suspending term limits so Michael Bloomberg can serve a third term as mayor, David Carr writes for the New York Times. With the city facing job loss and financial crisis, everyone likes Mike, at least for another... More »

Bloomberg Could Get OK for Third Run

New York City Council will consider measure to extend term limits

(Newser) - A controversial bill to ditch the two-term limit for New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and dozens of other city officials will be introduced next week, reports the New York Times. City Council members believe Bloomberg has enough support to pass the measure, though supporters and critics alike are nonplussed... More »

Forget Term Limits: NYC Needs Mike

Bloomberg essential with Wall Street in crisis: Lauder

(Newser) - Term limits have been great for New York City, but it’s time to make an exception, billionaire philanthropist Ronald Lauder writes in the Times. Lauder believes Michael Bloomberg is the man to steer New York through the current economic disaster, preventing a repeat of the 1970s crisis that ruined... More »

Bloomberg Wants Third Term

Mayor aims to change NYC's term-limits law

(Newser) - New York insiders say Mayor Michael Bloomberg will attempt to change existing laws and run for a third term, the Times reports, with his announcement to come Thursday. After long supporting term limits, Bloomberg, 66, has softened, with the financial crisis seen as a significant motivator. If successful, Bloomberg would... More »

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